To kick off the new year, the band has chosen to return to Latin America, where they haven’t played since 2003, to debut material from their next album in a series of shows at smaller venues.

Coldplay‘s Latin American tour launches with a three night stand February 14-16 at Espacio Riesco in Sanitago, Chile.

After three nights each in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, the tour wraps up March 3 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. Tickets for the Santiago, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo dates go on sale December 4 and for the Mexico City show on December 6.

Coldplay are currently working on the follow up to X&Y, which despite a delayed release date manage to finish as the best selling album of 2005 with estimated worldwide sales of 8.3 million.

The album’s first single, “Speed of Sound,” racked up multiple awards including a Grammy nomination, a Brit Award for Best British Single, and ASCAP song of the year.

The 2005 dates of the band’s North American tour in support of the album grossed $24.1 million and secured them the No. 17 spot on Pollstar‘s Top 100 Tours list.